BEA wrestlers fall to powerful JCC team
The Jackson County Central Huskies showed why they’re the No.1-ranked team in Class A with a dominating win over Blue Earth Area on Thursday, Dec. 22, in Jackson.
JCC’s lineup with eight state-ranked wrestlers won 10 of 14 matches to defeat the Bucs 50-21.
The Bucs jumped out to a 12-0 lead with pins from 106-pounder Ryan Gronewald and 113-pounder Alec Huber.
But, that would be the only times they would lead.
“We didn’t come in and back down. We wanted to compete and wrestle hard to give ourselves a chance,” says head coach Randy Wirtjes.
“They’re a very good team, with very few holes in their lineup,” he adds.
Gronewald needed 4 minutes, 57 seconds to put his opponent’s shoulders to the mat. And, Huber’s fall was over No.9-ranked Kyle Edin in 3 minutes, 22 seconds.
The Huskies rattled off nine straight wins, five coming by a pin and one technical fall, making the score 44-12.
Kysten Zierke finally put points on the scoreboard when he pinned his opponent in 2 minutes, 54 seconds at 195 pounds.
Josh Johnson, rated No. 2 in Class A at 220 pounds, closed out the scoring for the Bucs with a 5-2 decision.
The lone matchup of ranked wrestlers was at 160 pounds between the Bucs’ Carter Hanson, who is ranked No.4, and No.1-rated Darick Vancura, who earned a 9-3 decision.
JCC 50, BEA 21
106: Ryan Gronewald (BEA) pinned Devon Phaly, 4:57.
113: Alec Huber (BEA) pinned Kyle Edlin, 3:22; Edlin is ranked No. 9.
120: Cameron Henning (JCC) dec. Isaac Vasquez, 7-2.
126: Elliot Jurries (JCC) pinned Mike Ankeny, 3:15; Jurries is ranked No. 9.
132: Jordan Biehn (JCC) tech fall Luke Schavey, 18-3, 4:44.
138: Keegan Moore (JCC) pinned Kolt Gorg, 2:45.
145: Paden Moore (JCC) pinned Jacob Johnson, 1:54; Moore is ranked No. 9 at 138 pounds.
152: Luke Norland (JCC) dec. David Franta, 5-0; Norland is rated No. 9 at 145 pounds.
160: Darick Vancura (JCC) dec. Carter Hanson, 9-3; Vancura is ranked No.1, while Hanson is No.4.
170: Cooper Moore (JCC) pinned Chris Ramos, 1:42; Moore is rated No. 1.
182: Patrick Hanson (JCC) pinned Christian Haugh, :46; Hanson is ranked No. 9.
195: Kysten Zierke (BEA) pinned John Marker, 2:54.
220: Josh Johnson (BEA) dec. Jack Ziemer, 5-2.
285: Alex Tewes (JCC) pinned Martin Granados, 1:33; Tewes is rated No. 8 at 220 pounds.